Jonathan Swift

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The Very Reverend
Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift by Charles Jervas detail.jpg
Portrait bi Charles Jervas
Born30 November 1667(1667-11-30)
Dublin, Ireland
Dee'd19 October 1745(1745-10-19) (aged 77)
Dublin, Ireland
Pen name
Alma materTrinity College, Dublin
Notable warks


Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) wis an Anglo-Erse[1] satirist, essayist, poleetical pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet an cleric who acame Dean o St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin,[2] hence his common sobriquet, "Dean Swift".

Swift is rememmered for warks such as A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver's Travels (1726), an A Modest Proposal (1729). He is regairdit bi the Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremaist prose sateerist in the Inglis leid,[1] an is less weel kent for his poetry. He oreeginally published aw o his warks unner pseudonyms – sic as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M. B. Drapier – or anonymously. He wis a maister o twa styles o sateer, the Horatian an Juvenalian styles.

His deadpan, ironic writin style, pairteecularly in A Modest Proposal, haes led tae sic sateer bein subsequently termed "Swiftian".[3]

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  1. a b Encyclopaedia Britannica, Anglo-Irish author, who was the foremost prose satirist in the English language.
  2. "Swift", Online literature
  3. "What higher accolade can a reviewer pay to a contemporary satirist than to call his or her work Swiftian?" Frank Boyle, "Johnathan Swift", Ch 11 in A Companion to Satire: Ancient and Modern (2008), edited by Ruben Quintero, John Wiley & Sons ISBN 0470657952